When you're planning some bathroom remodeling with your contractor, you will spend hours discussing paint colors and floor and backsplash tile. But one aspect of bathrooms that often gets overlooked is the medicine cabinet. These units offer functional storage but can also add a final touch of style to your bathroom remodeling process.
Here are three creative medicine cabinets for your bathroom.
Suitcase or Briefcase
Depending on the size of your above-sink area, a suitcase or briefcase can create a quirky storage area that blends well if you've opted for a global design scheme. There are ready-made medicine cabinets in these styles. Or you can find some good-quality cases to create your own storage.
Look for cases that have strong, firm exteriors that can withstand being mounted to the wall. You can create shelves using planks of wood that are slightly smaller in width than the sides of the case. This allows you to fully close the door. Ensure that the shelves are screwed into the case frame so they don't fall out if jostled.
You can attach a lightweight mirror to the front, but this style looks especially good without the mirror. Instead, coat the front with passport-style stamps and travel-related stickers. In other words, decorate it like someone might've decorated an older suitcase.
Nautical or beach-themed bathroom remodeling projects are a perfect match for a porthole-style medicine cabinet. These round cabinets feature a slightly weathered metallic framework around a central mirror. The door then swings open to feature the shelves.
Note that porthole designs might not be your best bet if you plan to store a variety of tall objects -- such as shampoo bottles or hairspray -- on every shelf. The shape of the cabinet means that the shelves can't have a ton of space between them. But if you have a separate place to store some of the tall bottles, the style advantage might well be worth the close shelving.
A medicine cabinet that combines style and function is one that offers traditional medicine cabinet storage above a shelving section with a few wicker baskets. The baskets easily slide in and out for storage of small items like toothpaste, makeup or toiletries. The wicker would match nearly any decor, but looks particularly nice with nautical, rustic or classic design schemes.
The upper medicine cabinet can still be full-size with this style, complete with mirrors on the door. Make sure that when the cabinet is being hung, the mirror is what is used to position the unit, not the basket shelf. You don't want to be staring at only the top of your head when you look in the mirror.